Curriculum Design in Mathematics

The curriculum is not just a list of mathematical statements to be ticked off as pupils pass through school. The curriculum embodies everything that contributes to pupils learning mathematics. It exists at different tiers from national, to regional, local, federation, school, department, and finally to what happens in the classroom with an individual teacher and their pupils.

Curriculum is the key driver of raising attainment; designing an effective curriculum can have a profound impact.


In this workshop, we will explore approaches to designing a mathematics curriculum, considering several common models and focusing on the most impactful. We will then work together on various areas of the curriculum, scheduling the learning and identifying what materials are necessary to support the learning.

We will look at research findings around the most beneficial sequencing and timing of a curriculum and consider the learning of school level mathematics as a single, coherent experience throughout a pupil’s time at school. When considered holistically in this way, the implications are clear; we must always be planning for how a mathematical idea will unfold over time.

This workshop is suitable for all teachers of mathematics, but will be particularly useful to those who currently lead or are planning to lead mathematics in their school or college.

Course Leader - Mark McCourt*

Mark is the UK's leading authority on teaching for mastery. He has trained over 2000 schools in mastery models for schooling in the UK and overseas.

A leading figure in mathematics education, Mark has led many large-scale government education initiatives, both in the UK and overseas. Mark was a Director at the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and has also been a school leader, an Advanced Skills Teacher, a school inspector and a teacher trainer. He founded and was Chairman of the Teacher Development Trust.

Mark has extensive experience of mathematics teaching and learning across all age and ability groups, having taught students from age 3 to PhD!

*We cannot guarantee which of the workshop leaders will run this course.

Course Leader - Chris McGrane*

Chris has 13 years of teaching experience, spread across 3 very different schools. Before becoming Mathematics Lead for La Salle in Scotland he was Principal Teacher of Maths at Hillhead High School and oversaw the design and implementation of a mastery curriculum - the first of its type in Scotland. The work was been hailed as sector leading, while attainment improved over this time. Chris is an avid reader of literature relating to mathematics education and has shared both this learning and practice from his own classroom regularly at conferences, where has been a popular speaker. Chris has appeared on recent episodes of Craig Barton’s podcast and is scheduled to appear for an extended interview in the coming year.

Chris has played a role in moving forward professional dialogue regarding mathematics education in Scotland. In addition to conference presentations he uses Twitter daily to share insight, ideas and opinion. He regularly publishes articles on his blog Chris is the lead of the Glasgow branch of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM), which regularly puts on events with expert speakers. Recently, reflecting his interest in effective task design, Chris launched the website which shares tasks he has written and collated from colleagues.

*We cannot guarantee which of the workshop leaders will run this course.

Locations and Dates:

  • London

    Turnham Academy (SE4 2HH)

    Wednesday, 17th July 2019

  • Oxford

    Oxford Spires Academy (OX4 2AU)

    Thursday, 18th July 2019

  • Bristol

    CLF Institute (BS5 9JH)

    Tuesday, 23rd July 2019

  • Aberdeen

    Venue TBA

    Monday, 16th September 2019

Course Fees



After the first delegate, any subsequent delegates are only charged £80



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